Category Archives: Promo

April updates and sale on Darkness Haunts

For those who don’t subscribe to my newsletter and missed it this morning I wanted to give a few updates.  The first is that Darkness Haunts is currently on sale for only 99 cents through to tomorrow night (April 2nd) on all the major retailers.  If you know anyone who might be interested in trying the series out, this is a great time to get the first book at a discount since I’m not sure if/when I’ll drop the price again.  You can find the purchase links for it here.

In other news…

One of the questions I’ve been asked a lot lately is when the Darkness Shatters paperback will be out.  I’m waiting on the hard copy proof to look over, but I expect to approve it and have it ready for sale within the next two weeks.  Some of you are also waiting on the audio version of Darkness Shatters.  My publisher has set the release date for June 3rd of this year and the CD version is already up for pre-order.  They usually don’t have the digital version on pre-order until 2-3 weeks before the release, but I’ll put out another reminder close to then for those who need it.

As far as my publishing schedule on upcoming books go, I’m writing a novel now for an all-new series with the first book releasing in late June.  It’s an idea that hit me about a year ago and has been bugging me ever since.  I’ve worked on it in bits and pieces over the past months, but forced myself to wait until after publishing Darkness Shatters before putting my full attention on it.  This one falls within the dark fantasy genre, but has totally different races/creatures than the Sensor Series.  Most of my current readers should find it appealing.  Yes, I’m leaving the details vague but I’ll reveal the cover and summary in about a month so you can find out more then.

For Darkness Wanes, book six of the Sensor Series, I expect to have it out in October of this year.  That will wrap up the story arc for the main series, but I’ll go on to write spin-offs for some of the side characters and explore more on how *spoiler alert* the world has changed with supernaturals coming out in the open.  There will be at least two of those novels (one featuring Cori as the main character and another featuring Micah) and possibly a third if the demand for Kerbasi to get his own novel keeps up.  After that, I may do a book seven with Melena and Lucas where I actually keep them together for the plot (try not to be too shocked).  Yes, I hear the complaints but keep in mind this is an urban fantasy series, not a paranormal romance so the focus has been different.  Book seven would be to please the PNR lovers.

That’s it for now, but feel free to ask questions below if you have any.

Veterans Day promo for charity

I wanted to give everyone a heads-up that I will be donating all the royalties I earn through sales tomorrow (November 11th) for DARKNESS HAUNTS to the Wounded Warrior Project.  This is for both ebook and paperback with each of the retailers where it’s available (Amazon, B&N, iTunes, and Kobo).  After I’ve gotten the totals (which should be by late Wednesday) I will report the full amount earned and for every $100 raised I’ll kick in another $50.  I’ll also post a receipt for my donation.  Please help me out in making it as much as possible!

If you’re following my blog you’ve probably already purchased Darkness Haunts, but if you know friends or family who might enjoy the novel please let them know.  Any help spreading the word through social media would also be appreciated.  The hashtag for Twitter to use is #vetsgiveback if you choose to tweet about it.

This is in conjunction with other veteran authors who are also donating to their favorite veteran charities.  Even if you can’t purchase Darkness Haunts, you can help by purchasing any of the other books listed at this link, contributing to one of the charities yourself, or offering a contribution to whatever sales I get.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

We’ve got a live Google Hangout set up where I’ll be tomorrow afternoon (EST in America) where you can come chat with myself and other veteran authors.  This is your chance to ask questions about the Sensor Series if you’ve got any and get them answered right away.  You can also feel free to join in whichever other topics we may choose to discuss.  This is the link:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cksct3gkph5a9ovoqa3t8hs71t8

And these are the full details about the charity event below:

 

Veteran’s Day 2014 Charity Challenge: Gone, but Not Forgotten!

On Veteran’s Day 2014, 50 veteran authors will pledge 100% of their print, ebook and audio book royalties to their favorite veteran’s charity. In most cases, these are organizations that assisted the authors personally and they are trying their best to give back.
 
Veterans from each service branch and every conflict period, from Vietnam to even one author deployed to Afghanistan at this moment, are pledging. This diverse collection of works includes New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers and covers most genres. From romance to action-adventure and everything in between, there’s something for every taste here!
 
The ultimate goal of this event is to raise at least $10,000 for the 15+ veterans charities they’re supporting. If you aren’t interested in any of the books available, they have a page set up ranking the money raised for each charity and spotlighting bonus donations. Whether you contribute to the best performing or the least performing, either way your donation will be put to good use!
 
The complete collection of participating books and charities can be found here:
 
Note: For the sake of transparency, each author will post their donation receipts within 90 days. If you are a veteran author, they are accepting submissions until noon (EST) on 11 November. Please visit the Writer’s Cafe at Kboards for submission details:
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Giveaway for jewelry worn by the model on the Darkness Clashes cover

This Sunday (September 21st) I will be doing a giveaway for the necklace and bracelet worn by the female model on Darkness Clashes.  The winner will also receive one promo item of their choice (tote bag, series notebook, signed paperback, coffee mug, etc).  The contest will be on Facebook only.  I apologize to those who don’t have an account, but there will be other giveaways coming up soon that don’t require you to have one.  Such as a Q&A event I’m planning.

For those who are able to participate this Sunday (Monday in Australia), expect that I will be asking a random question from Darkness Clashes.  The first person to answer will win the prizes.  The question will come from the first half of the book so if you haven’t finished the novel yet you’ll be okay as long as you’ve hit close to the fifty percent mark.  I also understand time is precious and you can’t hover on Facebook all day/night.  You can expect the question to come during the following one-hour period (adjusted for time zones):

US Time

4pm-5pm (EDT)

3pm-4pm (CDT)

2pm-3pm (MDT)

1pm-2pm (PDT)

Europe

UK: 9pm-10pm

Germany/France: 10pm-11pm

Australia

Melbourne/Sydney: 6am-7am

Perth:  4am-6am

 

The vast majority of my readers come from the above areas.  I have worked the times out the best I can so that none of them are in the middle of the night, though the Aussies will have to be up rather early (sorry!).  These were calculated today based on current time differences.  If your area will be adjusting the clock over the weekend because of daylight savings ending please keep that in mind.  US times are the basis.  For those who live in another country I would recommend converting them yourself just to be safe.

For a close-up of the necklace and bracelet, here you go:

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New release date for Darkness Clashes and sale for Darkness Haunts

I’ve been putting this off because I was hoping I wouldn’t have to let you all down, but revisions for Darkness Clashes are taking longer than expected.   It’s my hope to make this the best novel yet and that’s not something that can be rushed.  The new release date is September 14th (just under three weeks from now).  Please don’t shoot me…at least not if you want to get the book eventually!

To make it up to you all, I will be posting the first three chapters by the end of the week to tide you over.  There will also be a chance to get some cool promo items in that post.  Just make sure to check back so you can get the details (I promise it’s easy).

Also, I’ve reduced the price of the first novel in the series, Darkness Haunts, to 99 cents.  This sale only lasts until Friday, August 29th, before it goes back up to $3.99.  If you know anyone who might be interested in trying the book out this would be the time for them to grab a copy.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.  I promise the delay for Darkness Clashes will be worth it 🙂

Cover Reveal for Darkness Clashes plus a giveaway

Hey, everyone.  As I mentioned in a previous post, the cover for Darkness Clashes is being revealed exclusively today over at Bitten by Books.  There’s also a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card.  Stop by and check it out for your chance to win.  Here’s the link:

http://bittenbybooks.com/exclusive-cover-reveal-and-50-00-amazon-gift-card-contest-darkness-clashes-by-susan-illene/

I also got bookmarks in yesterday to go with the new cover, plus a few other goodies.  Expect some giveaways for those either here or on Facebook in the near future.

Hope you all have a great weekend!